It’s unlikely Big Ten Net pres Mark Silverman has yet recovered from Michigan’s opening day loss (he attended grad school there), but the net’s carriage deal with DISH is surely welcome relief. The pact significantly boosts the net’s distribution to approx 28mln nationally and 6mln within the 8-state conference footprint. DISH will offer the net nationwide within its AT100 programming package ($30/month) until early ’08, when it will move to the AT100+ package ($40) within the conference footprint. Meanwhile, cable’s largest MSOs continue to be left on the sidelines, unable to agree on carriage terms.

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